MESA, Ariz. -- Carlos Pena may be the new guy in Cubs camp, but he made a point of stepping up to talk to the players during defensive drills on Wednesday.
The topic was who has priority over certain popups and fly balls, and Pena wanted to point out that there are certain areas on the field where it is only one person's responsibility. For example, Pena is in charge of the area to his left, a triangle, if you will, from him to the pitcher to the catcher.
He asked manager Mike Quade if he could say something during the workout.
"He's like, 'Do you mind if I say something?' and I said, 'No -- great,'" Quade said of Pena, a free agent who signed a one-year contract with the team in December. "It's a group effort in so many ways. Also, people in other organizations have heard other instructors say different things. Any input seems to make sense to bring up."
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"I'm happy he felt comfortable in making the point," Quade said.
Cubs feel for Wainwright, Cardinals
MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs were not gloating over the news Wednesday that the Cardinals may have lost pitcher Adam Wainwright to a serious elbow injury.
"He's on one of our rivalry teams," Chicago pitcher Sean Marshall said, "but I still wish him the best as a friend. You don't wish that on anyone for sure, even if it is your 'sports enemy.' Adam's a great guy and I wish him well. He's definitely one of their staples in their rotation and a Cy Young contender the last couple years, and it helps our team if he's not in the rotation, but you don't wish anything bad on anybody."
Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood has had to deal with his share of injuries.
"You feel bad for the guy and you never want to see guys get hurt, especially top-of-the-line guys like that," Wood said, "but he's not the first, and he won't be the last."
A 20-game winner last year, Wainwright is 6-4 lifetime against the Cubs, including a 2-1 mark last year.
"You want to win and compete and all the rest of it, but you don't like seeing anybody get hurt, that's for darn sure," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "He's meant a lot to them. That will be a tough one [to overcome]."
It's been a tough camp for the Cardinals with all the talk about Albert Pujols' contract and now this.
"I've always said that as long as [Tony La Russa] is running the club and they have the people they have, it's a great franchise and they always have the ability to get better and add on and I fully expect them to be right in the thick of it no matter what," general manager Jim Hendry said.
About 40 Cubs Minor League players will take part in a mini-camp, starting Thursday at HoHoKam Park. ... Cubs Minor League coaches Tom Pratt and Casey Kopitzke took part in a baseball clinic at an Air Force base in Germany. The two were scheduled to return to the U.S. on Wednesday. ... Among the pitchers scheduled to throw live batting practice Thursday were Todd Wellemeyer, Andrew Cashner, Jay Jackson, Randy Wells, Jeff Samardzija and Trey McNutt. ... The Cubs will move to HoHoKam after Friday's workout. They open Cactus League play Sunday against the Athletics. ... The good news out of Cubs camp Wednesday? "What may have made the day monumental was we got through pitchers sliding with only one cartwheel and nobody got hurt," manager Mike Quade said. "That's a good day."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.